Phiufffffff! Tonight, I let out a big sigh and sink comfortably in my chair knowing that my work in Uganda is now done for this trip. All the things that I could not imagine getting done in two weeks are now done. ISEE has sponsored 18 Mamas and distributed 605 kits in neighbourhood high schools deep in the communities. I didn’t think it was possible to get it all done, but it was! I couldn’t have done it without my amazing Ugandan team: Apollo, driver extraordinaire; Anna, my calm and incredible right hand woman; and Andrew, our crazy project manager. He set the program and we got it all done! I have always said that we can only plan one thing per day in Uganda but this trip has thrown that notion on its head. I have not had a day with only one thing to do! Now I have two days without any ISEE things to do. Oh my goodness! Apart from packing, what will I get up to??
Today, after waiting 45 minutes for photocopying to be done (I am sure they were making the paper as well as photocopying the documents), we went to see Prossy who is the founding Mama Nguvu recipient. She is my Ugandan sister and I am always thrilled to visit her. She’s had some challenges with her chickens because the second batch she bought with the money from the sale of the first batch were all infected and died shortly after delivery. Unfortunately, there is no money back guarantee for them here.
Her pigs are still going strong and she has two sows that are pregnant. This money and the money from the making of paper bags is what is keeping her children in school.
Prossy, the eldest daughter, has decided to quit school but her daughter Helen and her grand-daughter Katie are both in the same high school. Vincent continues at the boarding school for boys and is doing really well. He’s studying hard and doing well on his exams. Prossy junior’s son is in primary school. Mama Prossy is now also caring for the daughter of her nephew so she has another baby to raise. But she says she loves children and is happy to have Pretty living with them.
Prossy made us a delicious lunch of rice, matooke, roasted maize, bean and fish stew, nakati, and sweet black tea. After we’d finished the meal, we toured her farm and then headed to Rubaga Mixed High School for the uber presentation.
It was supposed to be 300 girls but 140 had been “chased” for lack of fees, but that still left us with over 160 girls and teachers who came for the presentation. The questions went on and on but were excellent. I didn’t want to miss any so in the end the presentation was over 2.5 hours.
The remaining 125 kits or so will be distributed at the boarding school where the two teachers who attended the presentation promised to teach the girls how to use them properly.
The director and founder of the school said he would ensure the kits were effectively distributed. He is a strong believer in the importance of educating the girl child and has even created a girls’ football team (soccer) to give this underprivileged group a chance to participate in a team sport that competes on a national level. I really liked Wilbur and I hope we will be able to work with him further.
So there you go! When I returned to the van, Andrew laughed because my voice was hoarse.
Wow. I can’t believe it’s already almost over. I’ll be boarding my flight on Saturday very late as I take off early Sunday morning. Thank you to everyone who has read these posts and shared them. We are still looking to increase our likes on Facebook to be considered for crowd sourced funding so if you are interested in what you have been reading, please like us! The posts won’t be so frequent once I am home but there will certainly be updates on how the Mamas are doing and other important news from Uganda. Webale Nnyo! – Erika